CAT’S CRADLE RECEIVES $15,000 GRANT FROM PETSMART CHARITIES® TO HELP MORE HOMELESS PETS FIND HOMES IN SHENANDOAH VALLEY
December 2020 - - Cat’s Cradle is thrilled to announce that it has received a $30,000 grant from PetSmart Charities to help prepare more shelter pets in Page, Augusta and Rockingham counties for adoption and ensure they are ready to find loving homes. In an effort to help area shelters continue to reduce euthanasia rates, Cat’s Cradle will use the grant to pay veterinary fees for spay/neuter and rabies vaccines for its foster cats and kittens, thus enabling Cat’s Cradle to rescue more animals and prepare them for adoption.
“We are so grateful to PetSmart Charities for its support of our lifesaving foster and adoption program for many years now,” said Board President Jennifer Kirkland. “This grant will be used directly to pay veterinary expenses for rescued cats and kittens, which allows us to expand direct intake from our shelter partners in their efforts to promote transfers and adoptions,” said Ms. Kirkland. With that kind of partnership, along with our intensive spay/neuter program and pet retention programming, we have made real progress toward no-kill goals in the communities we serve. That progress is due, in no small part, to the financial support of PetSmart Charities.”
“For over 20 years, Cat’s Cradle has proven to be a vital part of the local pet community, providing critical care to homeless cats and kittens,” said Johnny Jenkins, associate relationship manager at PetSmart Charities. “We are proud to support its commitment to the pet community that reduces the homeless pet population while also giving these cats the best chance at finding loving homes.”
Since 1994, through its partnership with nearly 4,000 humane societies, SPCAs and pet rescues across North America, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 9.4 million pets to find loving homes via its in-store adoption program in over 1,650 PetSmart® stores. The leading funder of animal welfare has also donated nearly $430 million to positively impact communities, to help preserve families, to improve access to veterinary care and to connect people and pets through initiatives like this with Cat’s Cradle.
About Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley
Since 1998, Cat’s Cradle of the Shenandoah Valley has worked to promote a compassionate community for cats and to reduce intake and euthanasia of cats into area shelters. The organization supports it mission by spay/neuter, pet retention, and rescue/foster/adoption/transport programs. Each year, Cat’s Cradle helps to alter around 2500 cats, assists almost 200 families with pet retention/medical assistance programs, and rescues/adopts out between 600-800 cats and kittens.
ABOUT PETSMART CHARITIES®: PetSmart Charities, Inc. is committed to finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. Through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities helps to find forever homes and families for more than 500,000 shelter pets each year. PetSmart Charities also provides grant funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the PIN pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores. In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses more than 90 cents of every dollar donated to fulfill its role as the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, granting nearly $430 million since its inception in 1994. Independent from PetSmart Inc., PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization that has received the Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator, a third-party organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 17 years in a row – placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization. To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org.